Go Back   English Forum Switzerland > Help & tips > Employment  
Reply
 
Thread Tools Display Modes
  #1  
Old 15.03.2006, 11:05
editorfcm's Avatar
Newbie 1st class
 
Join Date: Mar 2006
Location: Eschenbach, St Gallen
Posts: 21
Groaned at 0 Times in 0 Posts
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
editorfcm has no particular reputation at present
[Swiss Job market] English-Speaking Companies

Hi Everyone

Please could you help me. I am looking for work and would like to write to companies where english is there communication language. Do you know of any companies I wcould write to?
I am experienced in Sales, Customer service and Accounts. I have many years experience in working in an office environment and in my last job I was an Assistant Manager. However I also have worked on a number of occasions in construction so I have a little bit of knowledge in that to.
Any contact information would be very much appreiciated.

Regards

Chris
p.s. I live in a town called Eschenbach which is 10 minutes from Rapperswil. I would like to find work in this area or Zurich
Reply With Quote
  #2  
Old 15.03.2006, 11:17
gbn's Avatar
gbn gbn is offline
Forum Legend
 
Join Date: Dec 2005
Location: Zuri Oberland
Posts: 2,732
Groaned at 109 Times in 74 Posts
Thanked 2,362 Times in 1,110 Posts
gbn has a reputation beyond reputegbn has a reputation beyond reputegbn has a reputation beyond reputegbn has a reputation beyond reputegbn has a reputation beyond repute
Re: English Speaking Companies in Switzerland

(Mainly from an IT perspective) There are several such as UBS, Credit Suisse, Zurich Insurance, Citigroup... basically, international banks and financials.


There are plenty of english speaking agencies as well, not all IT orientated: ajilon, swisslinx, mba, elan, hays at least

Try http://job.search.ch/ as well

Hope this helps.
Reply With Quote
  #3  
Old 15.03.2006, 12:18
Lob's Avatar
Lob Lob is offline
Forum Legend
 
Join Date: Nov 2005
Location: -
Posts: 7,814
Groaned at 45 Times in 40 Posts
Thanked 1,973 Times in 1,060 Posts
Lob has a reputation beyond reputeLob has a reputation beyond reputeLob has a reputation beyond reputeLob has a reputation beyond reputeLob has a reputation beyond repute
Re: English Speaking Companies in Switzerland

I assume that offers similar returns to www.monster.ch ? If not, there's an addition to the list
Reply With Quote
  #4  
Old 15.03.2006, 13:26
editorfcm's Avatar
Newbie 1st class
 
Join Date: Mar 2006
Location: Eschenbach, St Gallen
Posts: 21
Groaned at 0 Times in 0 Posts
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
editorfcm has no particular reputation at present
Re: English Speaking Companies in Switzerland

Thank you guys for your advice. I have looked on some of the sites and have seen a few I could possibly apply for. Thanks for your suggestions and please if you think of anymore let me know and I would be very greatful.

What is everyone doing for St. Patricks day?

Cheers

Chris
Reply With Quote
  #5  
Old 15.03.2006, 13:49
Forum Veteran
 
Join Date: Dec 2005
Location: ch
Posts: 2,290
Groaned at 34 Times in 34 Posts
Thanked 1,623 Times in 836 Posts
gooner has a reputation beyond reputegooner has a reputation beyond reputegooner has a reputation beyond reputegooner has a reputation beyond reputegooner has a reputation beyond repute
Re: English Speaking Companies in Switzerland

www.jobserve.co.uk also does Switzerland, I got my job there.
Reply With Quote
  #6  
Old 15.03.2006, 14:55
mark's Avatar
The Architect
 
Join Date: May 2005
Location: Zollikon, Switzerland
Posts: 3,070
Groaned at 3 Times in 3 Posts
Thanked 418 Times in 115 Posts
mark has a reputation beyond reputemark has a reputation beyond reputemark has a reputation beyond reputemark has a reputation beyond reputemark has a reputation beyond reputemark has a reputation beyond repute
Re: English Speaking Companies in Switzerland

Quote:
www.jobserve.co.uk also does Switzerland, I got my job there.
I'm actually thinking of complaining to jobserve since a very high percentage list their location simply as "Switzerland". The agents seem to imagine that the only pool of skilled workers who read those ads are in the UK!
Reply With Quote
  #7  
Old 18.04.2009, 16:53
Newbie 1st class
 
Join Date: Nov 2008
Location: Bern
Posts: 23
Groaned at 0 Times in 0 Posts
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Disciple has no particular reputation at present
Re: English Speaking Companies in Switzerland

Quote:
View Post
www.jobserve.co.uk also does Switzerland, I got my job there.
When members indicate they got there jobs from a jobsite do you mean you uploaded your CV to the jobsite and a Swiss agency headhunted you via the site or you found a job on the site, applied for it and got it...

In the UK it is common to get a job through a jobsite this way i.e. uploading your CV and being called by agencies. Is this the case in Switzerland?.

Any advice, I live and work in Switzerland, and desire a new IT job, would it be best to upload my CV onto a jobsite as per usual, apply to agencies, directly to companies (English speaking only) etc. or a combination of the above?

Reply With Quote
  #8  
Old 28.06.2009, 13:43
Newbie
 
Join Date: May 2009
Location: Basel
Posts: 1
Groaned at 0 Times in 0 Posts
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
clara170 has no particular reputation at present
Re: English Speaking Companies in Switzerland

Quote:
View Post
(Mainly from an IT perspective) There are several such as UBS, Credit Suisse, Zurich Insurance, Citigroup... basically, international banks and financials.


There are plenty of english speaking agencies as well, not all IT orientated: ajilon, swisslinx, mba, elan, hays at least

Try http://job.search.ch/ as well

Hope this helps.
Hi gbn!

Your jobsearch link turned out helpful!!!I've already sent two applications!

Many thanx!
Reply With Quote
  #9  
Old 02.07.2009, 08:14
Newbie
 
Join Date: Jun 2009
Location: Azerbaijan
Posts: 2
Groaned at 0 Times in 0 Posts
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Fidashka has no particular reputation at present
Re: English Speaking Companies in Switzerland

Quote:
View Post
(Mainly from an IT perspective) There are several such as UBS, Credit Suisse, Zurich Insurance, Citigroup... basically, international banks and financials.


There are plenty of english speaking agencies as well, not all IT orientated: ajilon, swisslinx, mba, elan, hays at least

Try http://job.search.ch/ as well

Hope this helps.
Hi, I also need that kind of information but almost all information on this website is in German and French. Could anybody suggest a website where the english and russian languages are prior
Reply With Quote
  #10  
Old 02.07.2009, 19:59
SponPlague's Avatar
Member
 
Join Date: Apr 2008
Location: 8045 Zurich
Posts: 158
Groaned at 9 Times in 6 Posts
Thanked 147 Times in 103 Posts
SponPlague has earned the respect of manySponPlague has earned the respect of manySponPlague has earned the respect of many
Re: [Swiss Job market] English-Speaking Companies

Don't despair! For some IT positions, they're getting 50+ applications in a day! So we have to keep hunting...
Reply With Quote
  #11  
Old 06.12.2006, 14:23
bails's Avatar
Member
 
Join Date: Nov 2006
Location: Zurich
Posts: 121
Groaned at 0 Times in 0 Posts
Thanked 1 Time in 1 Post
bails has no particular reputation at present
Re: English Speaking Companies in Switzerland

try arvinmeritor.com based in duebendorf
or
libertycall based in wallisellen
mybluesky.ch
or companies listed on www.xpatxchange.com as most 'should' speak English. Good luck.
Reply With Quote
  #12  
Old 07.12.2006, 10:05
Forum Veteran
 
Join Date: Dec 2005
Location: zürich
Posts: 746
Groaned at 1 Time in 1 Post
Thanked 74 Times in 42 Posts
Diem is considered knowledgeableDiem is considered knowledgeableDiem is considered knowledgeable
Re: English Speaking Companies in Switzerland

Quote:
mybluesky.ch
or companies listed on www.xpatxchange.com
My Blue Sky is a company that organises training networking events, are they hiring?
Xpatechange is a web site that contains links many different things. Are they hiring? Or did you have a specific section of the site in mind?
Reply With Quote
  #13  
Old 17.01.2007, 15:12
tintin's Avatar
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Jan 2007
Location: Switzerland
Posts: 38
Groaned at 1 Time in 1 Post
Thanked 3 Times in 3 Posts
tintin has no particular reputation at present
Re: English Speaking Companies in Switzerland

Hi there, I'm happy that I found this site while browsing for an English Speaking Companies here in Switzerland. I've been here for almost 11 months will be 1 year next month. I just got married and now looking for jobs here. I graduated as an engineer in my country but never really had the chance to practice my field because I worked as a call center agent for 2 years which also indulge in "technical support". I am currently working in one of a fiber optics company in Küssnacht but only as temporary. And I think they are not hiring at the moment. The problem is if there is no work for me that means I don't report to the office. And that means also that my salary is not stable at the end of the month. I would like to work any kind of job as a start.
Once a week, i go to my private teacher for working out my German. But to tell you it's not easy learning this language. At least i'm having fun.
Any recommendations for any English Speaking Companies here is greatly appreciated. Thanks :-)
Reply With Quote
  #14  
Old 28.03.2007, 14:25
Newbie 1st class
 
Join Date: Mar 2007
Location: zurich
Posts: 10
Groaned at 0 Times in 0 Posts
Thanked 1 Time in 1 Post
gusmao has no particular reputation at present
Re: English Speaking Companies in Switzerland

Hello guys,

There were many posts in this thread indicating employment agencies in Switzerland. I visited their web sites but there's nothing there about prices. So my question is: how those companies make money? Do you have to pay a fee when they find you a job or they charge a percentage of your salary? And if so, for how long? Do you have any idea about the values involved?

Thanks!
Reply With Quote
  #15  
Old 29.03.2007, 13:58
smbuzby's Avatar
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Feb 2006
Location: Embrach North of Zurich City
Posts: 348
Groaned at 2 Times in 2 Posts
Thanked 121 Times in 73 Posts
smbuzby has earned some respectsmbuzby has earned some respect
Re: English Speaking Companies in Switzerland

Quote:
View Post
Hello guys,

There were many posts in this thread indicating employment agencies in Switzerland. I visited their web sites but there's nothing there about prices. So my question is: how those companies make money? Do you have to pay a fee when they find you a job or they charge a percentage of your salary? And if so, for how long? Do you have any idea about the values involved?

Thanks!
I don't know about the general practice, but the agency that found me for my permy job here got 3 months of my salary - not from me you understand, but my employer. Who knows if it was worth it?? I like to think so
Reply With Quote
  #16  
Old 29.03.2007, 14:06
Lou's Avatar
Lou Lou is offline
Forum Legend
 
Join Date: Mar 2006
Location: Zurich
Posts: 3,783
Groaned at 9 Times in 9 Posts
Thanked 3,227 Times in 1,474 Posts
Lou has a reputation beyond reputeLou has a reputation beyond reputeLou has a reputation beyond reputeLou has a reputation beyond reputeLou has a reputation beyond reputeLou has a reputation beyond repute
Re: English Speaking Companies in Switzerland

Quote:
View Post
Hello guys,

There were many posts in this thread indicating employment agencies in Switzerland. I visited their web sites but there's nothing there about prices. So my question is: how those companies make money? Do you have to pay a fee when they find you a job or they charge a percentage of your salary? And if so, for how long? Do you have any idea about the values involved?

Thanks!
If the job you take is permanent then the Agency is paid a one off fee by your employer, nothing should be paid by you. However if you take a contract position then a percentage of your wage is taken every month to pay the agency. The actual percentage varies depending upon the agency and your rate and you don't always know what it is. You negotiate your hourly/daily/weekly rate with the agency and that is what you get; their cut is on top of that from your employer.
Reply With Quote
This user would like to thank Lou for this useful post:
  #17  
Old 06.11.2017, 21:02
Newbie
 
Join Date: Nov 2017
Location: South africa
Posts: 1
Groaned at 0 Times in 0 Posts
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Bradelly has no particular reputation at present
Re: English Speaking Companies in Switzerland

Hello there, I came across this tread in hope that you might be able to help me with any information.

I Graduated last year in Civil Engineering and would like to work/live in Switzerland. I just turned 28 and are on par with completing my Baccalaureus Technologiae: Engineering: Civil Urban end of this year 2017.

What options do i have if any in Bern or Zurich or any advice or information you can give me will be highly appreciated. Even if its just for the experience.

Regards
From South Africa
Reply With Quote
  #18  
Old 06.11.2017, 21:11
roegner's Avatar
Moderately Dutch
 
Join Date: May 2011
Location: Zurich
Posts: 9,819
Groaned at 341 Times in 283 Posts
Thanked 11,409 Times in 5,581 Posts
roegner has a reputation beyond reputeroegner has a reputation beyond reputeroegner has a reputation beyond reputeroegner has a reputation beyond reputeroegner has a reputation beyond reputeroegner has a reputation beyond repute
Re: English Speaking Companies in Switzerland

Quote:
View Post
Hello there, I came across this tread in hope that you might be able to help me with any information.

I Graduated last year in Civil Engineering and would like to work/live in Switzerland. I just turned 28 and are on par with completing my Baccalaureus Technologiae: Engineering: Civil Urban end of this year 2017.

What options do i have if any in Bern or Zurich or any advice or information you can give me will be highly appreciated. Even if its just for the experience.

Regards
From South Africa
Have a look at posts on what is required for non EU to get jobs here first?

What your options are: very very slim. Or do a Masters degree and get your languages up to speed
Reply With Quote
  #19  
Old 06.11.2017, 21:13
Medea Fleecestealer's Avatar
Forum Legend
 
Join Date: Jul 2011
Location: Switzerland
Posts: 20,912
Groaned at 362 Times in 277 Posts
Thanked 15,712 Times in 8,961 Posts
Medea Fleecestealer has a reputation beyond reputeMedea Fleecestealer has a reputation beyond reputeMedea Fleecestealer has a reputation beyond reputeMedea Fleecestealer has a reputation beyond reputeMedea Fleecestealer has a reputation beyond reputeMedea Fleecestealer has a reputation beyond repute
Re: [Swiss Job market] English-Speaking Companies

Not a lot I'm afraid Bradley. As a non-EU national you're last in the hiring queue for jobs here since Swiss/EU nationals take priority and it costs a Swiss employer time and money to prove they can't find one of them to do the job. Part of the criteria for non-EUs is that they must have a university degree AND several years of experience - which having just graudated you don't.

https://www.sem.admin.ch/sem/en/home...zulassung.html

If you're serious about this and it's not just a whim because you think the country is beautiful, etc, then get those years of experience and then start applying for jobs and hope that your skills will be unique enough and in demand enough for a Swiss employer to try and get a permit for you.
Reply With Quote
This user would like to thank Medea Fleecestealer for this useful post:
  #20  
Old 30.03.2007, 09:15
sfo sfo is offline
Banned
 
Join Date: Mar 2007
Location: Zurich
Posts: 4
Groaned at 0 Times in 0 Posts
Thanked 19 Times in 1 Post
sfo has no particular reputation at present
Little Guide to English Jobs in CH (mostly ZH)

Hi,

After reading some threads where some posters seemed to be desperate for a job, I felt obliged to pass on my experience to job seekers. I'm Swiss, but have always had an affinity for the Anglo-Saxon world (particularly US). My career path so far has been "unusual" with long gaps in-between jobs due to stays abroad. This made it quite hard for me to find a job last year, when I got back from a prolonged stay in the States. I would say it is no coincidence that I now work for an American company. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me at highskai_at_yahoo.com. Following is my guide:

Best industries for English speaking people (besides banking)

Reinsurance
Uniquely international business. There are three big players here in Switzerland

SwissRe is #1 Reinsurer in the world. Very international environment
Converium Formerly part of Zurich, now an independent reinsurance business. Was struggling to recover from big issues with their US subsidiary in 2004. In the meantime, they got rid of it, and are in much better shape. Their Technical Accounting department is almost always looking for new people, especially in their Overseas Team. This job requires basic administrative skills, some accounting knowledge & especially languages. You might even get hired w/o knowing any German. Be warned, though that the work isn't particularly pleasant, because in order to do your work properly, you depend on the South American clients doing their job in a diligent manner, which almost never happens.
Zurich Their Global Reinsurance division still serves internal clients.


Trust Companies
If you don't mind a lot of paperwork, capricious clients, and sometimes shady business, this is definetely the sector for you. This industry is growing rapidly due to increasing numbers of so called High Net Worth Individuals (HNWI). Zurich & Geneva are home to legions of trust companies. Just search help.ch or directories.ch using keywords "trust" or "wealth management". Many of them will probably require German, but since most of them serve an almost exclusively international clientele, you may be able to get away without. They might also ask for accounting knowledge. Big advantage with these companies is that they are always small, so there are no HR people in your way. Just call them up, ask for some manager and then introduce yourself. Fringe hours are best, because you still have to get past a secretary.

Some examples:
Trident Trust located in Zollikon. I went there for a job interview. The lady that runs the Swiss branch is very nice.
Kendris
Rothschild
etc.


Travel
Ok, there really is only one company that I can recommend here. It's Kuoni
Destination Management
(www.kuoni-dmc.com). They are always looking for accounting temps during the summer, but since their business is expanding fast, they may be hiring even off-season. This job requires absolutely no knowledge besides English & typing. Boring, doesn't pay that well, but if you are really desperate, it should do. Give it a try and call them (ask for John from Accounting).

Also in this category:
If you have a driver's license, try limo services (like Transunix). Or become a cab driver if you know German.


Misc
Try all the international companies that have their head offices in Switzerland. A few that come to my mind:

Kraft Foods They are moving their European headquarters from London to
Zurich, probably sometime during the next year.
GMC (Zurich), Dow (Horgen), Man Investment (Pfaeffikon SZ), Xstrata (Zug), Philipp Morris (Lausanne), Unilever Supply Chain Company (Neuhausen), EBAY (Bern), Citrix (Schaffhausen), etc.

And if you're in Bern, how about embassies?

Hope this will turn out to be useful to somebody. Again, if you have any questions, please contact me at the above e-mail address.

See ya,
Steve
Reply With Quote
The following 19 users would like to thank sfo for this useful post:
Reply

Tags
agencies, agency, basel, employment, job, jobs, recruitment, sticky thread




Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
 
Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off



All times are GMT +2. The time now is 11:50.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.4
Copyright ©2000 - 2020, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.
LinkBacks Enabled by vBSEO 3.1.0